The Art of Protest

From left, Adham Bakry, Mohamed Gaber, The Dragon CollectivePhoto: Courtesy of Ganzeer

Previously stifled by the Egyptian government, a new wave of politically charged art has begun to emerge from the underground. Ganzeer, a 29-year-old Egyptian street artist, surveys three noteworthy works of public subversion.

Artist: Mohamed Gaber
Location: Near the Shams Club
“The calligraphy says ‘Be with the revolution.’ Gaber had done other work against Mubarak, mostly online. But now that other artists are using his stencils, his things can be seen by millions.”

Artist: Adham Bakry
Location: Dokki Bridge
“The speculation is that Safwat El-Sherif [former secretary-general of Mubarak’s party] is the invisible hand in government. People want him behind bars. You used to see stencils like this in advertising, but never for political expression.”

Artists: The Dragon Collective
Location: Near the old American University campus
“Since the revolution, I’ve started seeing their stuff downtown and in Bab al-Louq, including drawings of chessboards that represent Mubarak as a pawn.”

The Art of Protest